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Jessie and village woman

 
Well, I have spent 2 hours trying to get a picture of Msalato’s 50th anniversary week-long celebration with guests from all over the world, including the dean of Virginia Theological Seminary on the blog.  I had no luck at all but somehow this one landed on the blog.   I love this picture (2010) because the old lady was too ill to come to church that day, so Jessie went to see her.  Jessie had met her the year before and I wish you could have seen the reunion.   We will re-visit this village and of course wonder if she is still alive.   She is probably much younger than she appears.
 
Just accept Sandy’s words that the celebration was a joyful occassion and that she is “crying tired” from all the  activities and many guests.  They served 300 people per day breakfast, chai (tea), lunch and dinner.   The students really spruced-up the campus and even managed to have a few flowers in bloom.  The campus has a bore  hole now and they can get a little water.   
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As most of you know, Tally and I are getting ready for our fourth journey back to Tanzania! This will be a special year in that the students Tally and I worked with who were in their first years will be graduating. My children from Bishop Stanway who were in Standard Three are now in Standard Seven. The Students Tally started with will now be moving out into the villages. It is with this in mind we wanted to let everyone know that these new villages will be looking for help with projects like the piglets we did for Ikowa village, as well as bicycles for fetching water. If any one, or group would like to “sponsor” a village for such a project, the cost would be $500. This becomes a loan-project like the Wilbur Project you can read about in our previous blogs. St. Mary Magdalene Church is raising funds for a Wilbur (piglet) project where folks can buy a piglet for $19.00. Msalato just celebrated their 50th anniversary with much celebration. Thank you everyone who has been so helpful with the work. Jessie

Kate and Iri were our best neighbors, they kept hens!  I adore chickens, and loved having them nearby.  Kate and Iri will be sorely missed when they return to New Zealand, but I guess it is time for their family to have them back, for they have been missing them too.

Persistance ~ I (Tally) finally got Iri on the blog.  Now I’ll try to find Kate!  Enjoy his kind face.

Tally

For the life of me I cannot get their pictures on the blog, but Jessie (the technocrat) will).  So this  is a joint effort.

Iri is a priest from New Zealand who gave up a large church in Christchurch to answer a call to Tanzania.  Kate, his wife is from Tasmania.  They have been our neighbors for 3 years at Msalato.  This is their seventh year, both teaching at Msalato Theological  College and preaching and teaching in far off villages.  To go to church for them does not mean an hour ~ it means from 6 or 7 in the morning until 6 in the evening.   Even driving for hours on rutted dirt roads it gives them great joy to visit the students they have taught.   When they visit the villages Iri is invited to preach and to baptize.  Because of the generosity of those in New Zealand who support them they take boxes of Bibles with them and give them to the churches for Bible Study by different groups within the church.  Iri is also the handy man around the campus.  He came to us many times to help with no water, or water we couldn’t stop.  Each year we take him duct tape ~ an unknown commodity in Dodoma.  One year, it was pinched at the airport in Dar Es Salaam.  Valuable stuff.  They will leave Dodoma in December.  Thank God, we will have them as neighbors one more time this year.

Kate’s message was both heartwarming and heartbreaking.  “Here all is well with us, although people are still starving, women are still walking for three hours to get water, mothers are still dying in childbirth and babies die of malaria.  Perhaps we have helped grow the church, perhaps we have helped to train more pastors but we will still leave in December with aching hearts for what we have not been able to do.”  Their faith and hard work has indeed been something to  celebrate.  They have done amazing work.  They are true vineyard workers.     

Tally and Jessie

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